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Diamond, Sidney, (1922-1945) to Estelle Spero

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC09120.323 Author/Creator: Diamond, Sidney, (1922-1945) Place Written: Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 2 January 1944 Pagination: 3 p. ; 20.5 x 26.5 cm.

Summary of Content: Diamond informs Estelle that he had gone into the jungle to inspect the impact area of yesterday's firing. He describes a discussion with the other officers based upon the question: "What will the people back home say to us when we return?""


Historical Era: Great Depression and World War II, 1929-1945

Subjects: World War IISoldier's LetterMilitary HistoryAustralia and Pacific IslandsChildren and FamilyWeaponry

Sub Era: World War II

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